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Pasternak Prestige Event: Why Terroir Matters

Okay, so here’s the key question.  Does terroir matter? Pasternak wine imports held a stellar tutored tasting today which included six of their top producers explaining the importance of terroir. Since I just returned from a one week conference at the Bordeaux National School for agriculture engineering (Bordeaux Agro)  all about terroir (and its counterparts, […]


Visiting Vincent Grall in Sancerre

So what an adventure! As you will have read in the previous post, I had finished my scheduled meeting with Domaine Fouassier and was walking back to Coeur de France where I am studying French … and I see other eleves (students) walking toward me. They were on their way to visit Domaine Vincent Grall, […]


Visiting Domaine Foussier in Sancerre

“Can you tell me how to reach Domaine Foussier?” I asked, first one driver and then another. I had just rushed from lunch at the Michelin rated Restaurant La Tour in the main Sancerre village … explaining my rush and not touched dessert and cheese on account of being precise for my appointment. Yet traveling […]


Domain Joseph Mellot visit with Olivier Rivain

Such a fabulous visit today with Olivier Rivain, an executive in sales for Domain Joseph Mellot for the USA. Very interesting way we connected … a few weeks ago I cut my visit to a prestigious California winery short in order to attend the “wines of Loire” event in New York. Even though it was […]


Visiting Gilles Crochet of Lucien Crochet

“The only time my husband can see you is 11am on Sunday,” emailed Laurence Crochet, wife of Gilles Crochet pictured above. I am arriving in Sancerre in the middle of harvest and it seems that Gilles Crochet and many other producers are working 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, to bring in the […]


Visiting Pascal Jolivet

  A fabulous visit to Pascal Jolivet in Sancerre – I had met Clement Jolivet (pictured above) a few weeks ago in New York and he kindly welcomed me to his winery for a tour, tasting, and lunch. Clement is very charming and very active in the winery, especially now that he is representing the […]


Loire Valley comes to NYC

Have you had a Loire wine recently? I love Loire wines … you can find so much variety in the whites and the reds, with each region presenting so many different soils and varieties of the same varietal. Today City Winery in NYC featured many producers from the Loire, presenting their wines. Above is a […]


Gamay vs. (Loire) Cabernet Franc

    So have you ever been in the position of blind tasting a lighter bodied, rather fruity wine, with bright red fruit flavors, minerals, and in some cases, a vertical structure? As a student in various wine educational programs, yes, I have – and when faced with several wines fitting this description, it can […]


Blind Tasting Sancerre vs. White Graves

What better way to spend a summer weekend than by blinding tasting two whites and out of all the whites in the world, analyzing their variety and origin? Of course, this sort of Sherlock Holmes antics is familiar to students in the Master of Wine program. Typically I ask wine retailers that wine be sent […]